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India's Health Minister, says the country will be TB-free by 2025.

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In 2021, the number of TB patients who were notified increased by 19% over the previous year. According to the India TB Report 2022, the number of incident TB patients (new and relapse) notified in 2021 was 19,33,381, up from 16,28,161 in 2020. Mansukh Mandaviya, India's Health Minister, restated the government's commitment to eliminating tuberculosis from the country by 2025, saying that this will be accomplished through ensuring access to high-quality healthcare and improved treatment.

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Tuberculosis is a disease that can be prevented and treated. On World Tuberculosis Day, we reiterate our commitment to eliminating tuberculosis in India by 2025 by offering great healthcare and modern treatment. 'Together, we can and will eradicate tuberculosis,' he tweeted. According to the report, 18 states have committed to ending tuberculosis by 2025 by formally implementing State–specific Strategic Plans, and have gone a step further to develop a district–specific strategic plan, which will serve as a guiding tool for programme managers and staff at the district and sub-district levels in their efforts to eradicate the disease. The government also released the National TB Prevalence Survey Report, which was carried out from 2019 to 2021 to determine the true TB disease burden at the national level.

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